"I like it when Deborah squeals!" exclaimed Liz. I was lying down in a gravel trail covered in brown dust, camera in hand squealing at something wonderful my couple had just done. Should I have been embarrassed? I probably should have been embarrassed by the entire afternoon. I seemed to be on my proverbial A game that day. "Give me your best JQ" I explained to Patrick. Blanks stairs in my direction. Or how about the time a tick climbed up on Liz's foot and I then made her check my hair to make sure I was safe. Dramatic shivers and all. Or the time I ran around the property to move a bag or when I told Liz and Patrick to give the car passing by a show... I am pretty much guaranteed to make a complete fool out of myself while working with my couples.
But here's the great thing. I wasn't embarrassed. In fact we laughed together at my mishaps. I ran around, cracked jokes, triped over myself, stumbled over words, talked with my hands. Oh and squealed a lot. It's who I am, and no matter how hard I try to be this calm, cool, collect person, the crazy always makes it way out.
That excitement I have photographing happy couples in love, squeals and all, tell my couple that what they are doing, who they are together, is beautiful. Because when I squeal, or scream or make a complete idiot out of myself I give permission for others to be themselves. Permission that they too can be comfortable in their own skin, in front of the camera and with me. With each annoying and loud squeal I am telling my couples I'm so glad to be photographing you! Rock it out!
On Saturday I spent the afternoon with Liz and Patrick for their engagement session at Wagon Hill Farm in New Hampshire. And despite the blustery wind, chilly temperatures and one squealing photographer, they created some amazing images! I can't wait to share the shoot in it's entirety on Thursday! For now enjoy their sneak peek!